NRWA Appoints New CEO

With a newly appointed CEO, this organization tackles water problems

Move over, NRA. The addition of one letter—standing for humankind’s most important resource—makes the NRWA more crucial environmentally than even you are politically.

A new CEO, new membership portal, and far-reaching public health initiatives are just a few of the things that makes the National Rural Water Association symbolic of today’s multi-dimensional organizations.

The new CEO, Matt Holmes (pictured), was named on July 1.

Newly appointed NRWA CEO Matt Holmes.—National Rural Water Association photo

“I still remember my first day working for NMRWA, when I went into the field with Circuit Rider Lupe Aragon and Wastewater Technician Leon Romero,” Holmes said in a statement posted on the organization’s website. “On that day, they told me what the organization was all about, and I have never forgotten their words. I have tremendous respect for the essential work being done by State Associations all around our nation. Rural Water is special, totally unique and full of potential for the future. It is a privilege to be a leader of an organization as great as Rural Water, and I promise I will never take take this fact for granted.”

NRWA says it is looking forward to the future as Matt Holmes steps into the CEO position. His years of experience and passion for the water and wastewater industry are “invaluable qualities he brings to this association,” it added.

The organization also has a new membership portal set to be launched August 1. It will be equipped with a State Conference Calendar and added to the organization’s already fluid website.

Even before COVID-19, this organization began to battle disease agents. On February 25, 2020, as the pandemic was still nascent in the United States, the NRWA filed a lawsuit against a number of major manufacturers, on behalf of and its members “dealing with unregulated chemicals in their drinking water.” The lawsuit seeks money for testing and treatment along with other damages and penalties from  the  chemical  manufacturers,  The  3M  Co.,  Tyco  Fire  Products  L.P.,  National  Foam,  Inc.,  Buckeye Fire Protection, Chemguard, E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) and The Chemours Company. These manufactures developed, marketed, and sold perfluorooctanoic acid  and  perfluorooctane  sulfonate  (“PFAS”)  that  can  be  found  in  products  such  as  firefighting  foam, household and food products, industrial sites as well as landfills across the country. PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects, including effects on the liver and the immune system, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia, and cancer (testicular and kidney).

Look for more on the NRWA in our upcoming, water-themed August issue.

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